The world is full of generous, kind, committed people, but we rarely hear of them in the news.

“Every day people like Alan Giles and Bob Sisbarro build a better world with acts of creativity and generosity….good news right here in the Barrington, Starkey, Dundee neighborhood,” says Dee Anderson of Our Town RoCKS and Reads.

“These two committed and caring individuals, along with various dedicated Dundee Rotarians, are building on a collaborative project, ’A Bookcase for Every Child’ that began last year when Dundee Central School teacher Randy Knapp and students developed a prototype and built 37 bookcases,” she adds. With the support of Our Town RoCKS and a district grant from Rotary International, 52 personalized bookcases have been created and finished this year.

The volunteers will soon see the fruits of their labor in the smiles of every Pre-K child in our neighborhood. Our Town RoCKS and Reads will be hosting Dundee Central School Pre-K children and their families at a celebratory distribution from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 24 at the Dundee Presbyterian Church. Each Pre-K child will receive a beautiful bookcase built just for her or him, along with a selection of new books.

Literacy and command of the English language is a must. Children with good grammar and reading skills are at an advantage and will likely be successful in their lives and healthier as well.

The National Commission on Reading suggests that the “single most significant factor influencing a child’s early educational success is an introduction to books and being read to at home prior to beginning school.”

“For these reasons, the connections between children and parents, families and school, organizations and our community are so valuable. It will take all of us working together to prepare the children in our neighborhood for successful, healthy lives,” says Andersen, adding, “Acts of creativity and generosity that are reflected in the ‘Bookcase for Every Child Project’ can have a big impact on our kids! What we do for kids matters —not just to them, but to all of us.”